Book Review: How To Be Lovely

This is one of my favourite books (non-fiction) in the whole universe.

How To Be Lovely is a book about Audrey Hepburn – it is chocka full of quotes by her.

Not only does it have quotes, it also talks about her background and her life.

I always thought Audrey was an amazing actress and I always loved watching her movies.  However I didn’t really know much about her until I started researching her life (when I found out that during WWII she was living in a town (in the Netherlands) close to where my Oma was living during the war.  It made me think – I wonder if they had ever crossed paths?).  What I discovered was so inspiring – she worked with UNICEF for about 30 years.  She wasn’t all about the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and she was an introvert (like me!).

Audrey never wrote an autobiography.  She was approached many times to write one, but she always declined.

The book really brings to life her quotes and interviews that she gave.  It shows her viewpoint on certain things.

One of my favourite quotes from Audrey is:

“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book and remembering- because you can’t take it all in at once.” —Audrey Hepburn

I have read this book many times.  Audrey really did come up with the most amazing quotes.  She really believed that the best people were kind, caring, thoughtful and beautiful, not just on the outside but in the inside too.

Audrey was not just a fashion/style icon and actress, she was also a humanitarian.  As I mentioned earlier, she worked for UNICEF for 30 years.  She wasn’t afraid to work hard.

She shows that she had insecurities too:

“You can even say that I hated myself at certain periods. I was too fat, or maybe too tall, or maybe just plain too ugly … you can say my definiteness stems from underlying feelings of insecurity and inferiority. I couldn’t conquer these feelings by acting indecisive. I found the only way to get the better of them was by adopting a forceful, concentrated drive.”

Everybody has insecurities about their body and their looks.  It is so important to love yourself for who you are and what you look like and to not focus on the parts of yourself that you dislike.


5 thoughts on “Book Review: How To Be Lovely

  1. I’d never seen Audrey Hepburn as anything other than an actress before. But this has shown a whole new side of her. I like some of her quotes which are relevant even today. I must take a closer look at her book. Where can I find a copy?

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    1. I got mine as a gift from a friend about 6 – 7 years ago (wow, is it really that long ago?!?).
      I found these shops sell it:

      It’s a lovely book – lots of photos and quotes and some info about her background.

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